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16 people confirmed dead in Pietermaritzburg 10 vehicle pile-up crash

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Sixteen people have been confirmed dead in a 10 vehicle pile-up accident on the N3 southbound between Peter Brown and Chatterton Road off-ramps in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday morning.

Netcare 911’s Shawn Herbst told SA Trucker that paramedics arrived on the scene at 03h11 to find a fully laden minibus taxi and other vehicles on fire.

Speaking on Ukhozi FM, KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport spokesperson, Kwanele Ncalane, said that two trucks, a minibus taxi, a bakkie, car and five other vehicles were involved in the accident.

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He said that four vehicles including a taxi, caught fire following the crash.

“So far, emergency services have declared 16 people dead. All the deceased were in a minibus taxi which caught fire following the crash,” Ncalane said.

“The taxi was coming from Johannesburg going to Harding when it was involved in the horrific accident,” he added.

Watch: N3 southbound closed after Peter Brown, truck on fire following crash

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It is alleged that the pile-up accident was caused by a truck that overturned earlier and the other vehicles came and crashed into it.

“A traffic officer who was attending to the overturned truck was lucky to survive the pile-up crash as his vehicle was also hit,” Ncalane said.

The traffic officer went on to rescue a 7-year-old boy from the burning taxi, he said.

The N3 Durban-bound carriageway remains closed to traffic and motorists are advised to find alternate routes and factor in travel time delays.

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